All year long, the Arizona Wildcats dominated the Pac-12 Conference. Head Coach Sean Miller teaches his guards how to use a glide dribble to create separation and bring the ball up the floor. Moves like this helped point guard T.J. McConnell develop into one of the best floor generals in the country.
Drill Summary: Players start at the three point line, run straight toward the baseline and cut out at a 45 degree angle and receive an inbounds pass. Once they have the ball, the player gets into triple threat then dribbles runs up to just before half court. From there, the player puts on the breaks and gets into a glide dribble, with their hips protecting the ball. While using the glide dribble, the player should change speeds and use hesitation moves to simulate going against defensive pressure. To end the drill, the player flips their hips after crossing half court and completes the rep.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Change of speed.
2) Flip hips to change direction.
3) Protect the ball.
4) Use the non-dribbling hand to call plays and fend off the defender.
University of Arizona Head Coach, Sean Miller, believes the jump shot begins before the shooter even catches the ball. In the 1-2 Step Drill, Coach Miller shows you how to properly catch the basketball and step into your jump shot. Proper footwork will keep you balanced and ready to score the basketball.
Athlete Movements: The player should start with his or her’s opposite foot slightly forward. Regardless of the level, all shooters should be ready to shoot before they catch the ball. This means the player’s feet should be shoulder width apart to create balance all while the shooter is showing a target and is ready to catch the ball. As the ball is in flight and on its way to the shooter, the shooter should step with the opposite foot and bring the strong foot forward.
Points of emphasis with “1-2 Step”:
1) Start with opposite foot slightly forward
2) Feet shoulder width apart
3) Be ready to catch/Give a target to the passer
4) Step with the opposite foot and bring the strong foot through while catching the basketball
Coach Miller then goes over the basic mechanics of the jump shot which spell out B.E.E.F.:
Balance (Feet Shoulder Width Apart)
Eyes (Be Focused on the Rim)
Elbow (Elbow Tucked in)
Follow Through (Be Sure to Hold Hand Out)
Sean Miller, the University of Arizona Men’s Basketball Coach, explains the responsibilities of help defense and how to properly close out on to the basketball so that you can challenge a shot and contain the dribble at the same time. The ability to close out effectively will make you a great defensive player.
Coach Miller puts a great deal of emphasis on teaching how to properly close out on to the basketball within the high school, grade school, and youth league levels. He stresses that it’s critical to understand the “Ball, You, Man” concept at an early age. Defenders, not playing the basketball, should be in help position and seeing the ball on one side of the floor and the person you’re responsible for guarding on the opposite side of the floor at all times.
Once the ball is in the air and on its way to the person you’re responsible for guarding, you must close out on the ball. When closing out on the ball, you must be quick, but also under control so the offensive player does not blow by you and get into the paint with the dribble. High hands are also crucial when closing out on the ball so that a jump shot can be contested.
1) “Ball, You, Man” while in help position defensively
2) To start your close out begin with your foot which is closest to the man you’re guarding
3) Steps go from big to small when closing out
4) Low body
5) High hands which are bent at the elbow
6) You should be able to reach out and touch the offensive player who possesses the ball
Sean Miller was the 2014 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, and here he puts his sons through a ball handling drill which involves two basketballs. Using two basketballs forces players to use their weak hand. Coach Miller uses commands during the drill to help players change their dribble.
Keys to the Drill:
Sean Miller is the current men’s basketball coach at the University of Arizona. In his short tenure at Arizona, he has won two Pac 12 Championships and Pac 12 Coach of the Year honors. Coach Miller teaches his sons how to react in the post if you are being played on the high side or on the low side. He also talks about how not to panic and what to do if you’re being fronted on the block.
Athlete Movements: Before the player catches the ball, Miller stresses that he or she should have active feet before the entry pass is made, elbows out to establish position, and to have your feet in the air when the ball is in the air.
Once the player catches the ball with his or her’s back to the basket, he or she should chin the ball and be strong with it. In this situation it is better to take your time than to be in a rush. Coach Miller wants the offensive player to be aware of their opponent’s positioning and then to go opposite of where the defense is playing.